— Pope and Confessor
St. Damasus was a man of great learning, well versed in the Scriptures. Through his efforts the cemeteries in Rome where rest the bodies of many saints, were beautified. He extolled the prerogatives of virginity in poetry and prose.
He established the usage which already prevailed in many churches, of singing the Psalms, both by day and by night, by alternate choirs, and of adding at the end of each Psalm the words, “Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.”
The Imitation of Christ
Love Him, and keep Him for thy friend, Who, when all forsake thee, will not leave thee, nor suffer thee to perish finally.
You note that St. Damasus was interested in the beautifying of the resting places of the Christian dead. Our body is the temple of the Holy Ghost and, hence, the Church respects it accordingly. Greater concern is due the soul, however.
Have you ever stopped to think how very partial we all are to our body and our soul is scarcely thought of? We eat three times a day, sometimes lunch between, clothe our body very luxuriously at times, gratify it in every way and are quite concerned always about its wants. Only God can satisfy the longings of our soul, as you know.
Thou hast made our heart for Thee, O God, and our soul is restless until it rests in Thee. — St. Augustine